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Shawn Mendes cancels tour to focus on his mental health

Mendes had postponed several dates this month after he opened up about the difficulty of being on the road.
Image: Shawn Mendes during the opening night of Shawn Mendes Wonder: The World Tour at Moda Center on June 27, 2022 in Portland, Ore.
Shawn Mendes during the opening night of "Shawn Mendes Wonder: The World Tour" in Portland, Ore., on June 27.Kevin Mazur / Getty Images for Shawn Mendes

Musician Shawn Mendes announced a premature end to his "Wonder" tour Wednesday after his mental health took a toll, he said.

Mendes had postponed several dates this month after he opened up about the difficulty of being on the road. His remaining dates in the U.S. and abroad have now been officially canceled, he said in an update.

"After speaking more with my team and working with an incredible group of health professionals, it has become more clear that I need to take the time I've never taken personally, to ground myself and come back stronger," Mendes wrote in a statement Tuesday.

Mendes, 23, acknowledged fans' excitement over his return to live shows since the coronavirus pandemic and their likely disappointment at the news of his decision to take a step back.

"I know you all have been waiting so long to see these shows, and it breaks my heart to tell you this but I promise I will be back as soon as I've taken the right time to heal," Mendes said. "I love you all and thank you all so much for supporting me and sticking by me on this journey."

Comments on Mendes' statement were overwhelmingly supportive, with many fans saying they were proud of him for his honesty.

"Your mental health is the most important and I'm so proud of you for recognizing that and putting yourself first!!" a fan wrote on Instagram.

Another commented that "showing vulnerability just makes us see how strong u are."

In his previous statement announcing that he was suspending his tour, Mendes said that while he thought he was ready to get back on the road, the decision was "premature."

"I've been touring since I was 15 and to be honest it's always been difficult to be on the road away from friends and family," he said.

Mendes has been candid about his experience with stage fright and mental health struggles in the past. He spoke with actor Dax Shepard about learning to deal with his anxiety in an "Armchair Expert" podcast interview in late 2020.

"I feel like I’m doing more for my mental health to stay above water than anything else in my life," he said at the time.